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Maduro: top US diplomat to visit Venezuela soon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:31pm

President Nicolas Maduro said a top U.S. State Department official would soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations.

Shimon Peres, ex-Israeli president and PM, dies at 93

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:30pm

Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died early Wednesday. He was 93.

1 dead in riot inside Philippine national penitentiary

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:11pm

Officials say a riot broke out at the Philippine national penitentiary, leaving a high-profile Chinese drug lord dead and four other inmates injured. The riot comes amid a congressional investigation into the drug trade within the facility.

Shimon Peres peace pioneer but unloved at home in Israel

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:11pm

At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there.

Massive typhoon hits eastern China after killing 4 in Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 9:31pm

A massive typhoon made landfall in eastern China Wednesday, a day after carrying strong winds over Taiwan that felled trees and scattered debris, killing at least four people and injuring more than 260.

Guatemala alleges fraud in food buys during disaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 9:11pm

Guatemalan authorities have broken up a group that sold the government millions of dollars' worth of contraband corn and beans, some of it not fit for human consumption, an official said Tuesday.

Israeli media: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has died at 93, two weeks after suffering major stroke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 8:31pm

Israeli media: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres has died at 93, two weeks after suffering major stroke.

Poll shows Australians back gay marriage but not plebiscite

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 7:10pm

A majority of Australians support gay marriage, an opinion poll on Wednesday showed, but they do not back the government's plan to hold a national vote on whether it should be allowed.

Muslim radical convicted in destruction of mausoleums

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 6:41pm

An international court on Tuesday found a Muslim radical guilty of committing a war crime by overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, and sentenced him to nine years in prison.

LGBTQ festival canceled in Haiti amid threats, gov't order

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:50pm

Organizers of a cultural festival in Haiti celebrating the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ community said Tuesday that it has been called off due to numerous threats of violence and a subsequent prohibition by a government commissioner.

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:50pm

As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.

UK opens secret files about 'Jewish terrorists' in 1940s

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 5:20pm

The call to British military security forces came early in the morning, shortly after 1 a.m., and could not be ignored. The informant's message was alarming: Assassins planned to kill the commander of British forces in Palestine the following morning; evasive action was needed.

Mexican immigration officials attacked to free migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:51pm

Mexican immigration officials say five gunmen on motorcycles brazenly attacked a government vehicle transporting 25 immigrants and a suspected human trafficker, helping the smuggler and migrants to escape.

Prosecutor: Woman burned alive for witchcraft in Peru jungle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:30pm

A woman accused of being a witch was burned alive on a bonfire in an indigenous community in a remote part of the country's Amazon rainforest, authorities said Tuesday.

Battle for besieged Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:42pm

With international diplomacy in tatters and the U.S. focused on its election, the Syrian government and its Russian allies are seizing the moment to wage an all-out campaign to recapture Aleppo, unleashing the most destructive bombing of the past five years and pushing into the center of the Old City.

Colombia's road to peace marred by multiple obstacles

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:41pm

The contrast couldn't be more dramatic: As Colombia's president and the head of its largest guerrilla movement were putting their signatures on a historic peace deal, a 6-year-old boy was killed when he chased a soccer ball into a field and stepped on a land mine left behind during the half-century conflict.

UN report says Sudan violates Darfur sanctions

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:22pm

The Sudanese government continues to violate sanctions imposed by the Security Council over their actions in Darfur, according to a U.N. report.

Puerto Rico frees 3 men convicted of murder in 1995

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:04pm

Three men who spent more than 20 years in prison for murder were freed Tuesday in a historic ruling after new tests found none of their DNA on evidence in a case that captivated the U.S. territory.

Confidential UN report details South Sudan threats, violence

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 3:01pm

The U.N. ambulance carried an urgent patient: a local woman in labor. South Sudan government soldiers stopped the ambulance 15 times at checkpoints in the capital, Juba. The Aug. 2 journey, which usually takes 15 minutes, lasted nearly two hours.